【音樂】最悲的情歌

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和文章一樣,最悲的情歌,大概都不是直接述說自己到底有多慘、多麼深愛昔日情人,說著沒有情人就快死掉、世界變黑白,而總是淡淡的、漫不經心的、非常不刻意的,藉由一些生活上的小事、一個動作,去觸發聽者心中的感受。

Starship — Don’t Lose Any Sleep
Don’t lose any sleep now babe
It’s just my heart you’re breaking
It’s just my world you’re taking
Just don’t worry about me — don’t you worry about me
I’ll be alright

Starship的Don’t lose any sleep,要情人不需為往日神傷,不需要失眠,因為「妳也不過是敲碎了我的心、奪走我的世界而已」,不用擔心。是種極度自虐的說法。

John Waite — If You Ever Get Lonely
I’d love to see you
If you ever out this way
You sound happy guess things are working out okay
And I’m getting better put in one foot in front of the other.

And I know that California is not to blame
And I know there’re millions of people in L.A.
But if you ever get lonely if you miss me
If you need someone truly
Even if it’s only the sound of someone’s voice who loves you
That you need to hear
You know where to find me

John Waite的If you ever get lonely將心中悲楚再升高一級,「你聽來蠻快樂的,我猜一切都還好吧」「我也不錯哦,走路時可以記得把一腳放在另一腳前面了」,暗喻狀況最差的時候連路都不會走。這樣的作詞功力,也實在高段。

「我知道這不能怪加州,我知道洛杉磯有著數百萬人;但如果你感到寂寞,如果你想我,如果你需要個真誠的人,甚至如果你只是想聽到一個真正愛妳的人的聲音,妳知道到那裡找我。」

直接說出來也不差,添幾分含蓄詩意卻更能引發共感。真正會留在聽者心中的,都是這種歌詞,文章或許也是相同的道理。有時候,文學就是為了拐彎抹角而存在的。

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